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The Hours by Michael Cunningham
The Hours

theflowers, January 15, 2008

Wow, is all I can say. It is an extremely well-crafted novel. (If at all interested in the motives of the writer, and a bit of insight into Cunningham's writing process, I recommend the interview Powell's conducted; the link is on the top of this page.)

Anyways - I picked up this book shortly after reading Mrs Dalloway, my first encounter with Virginia Woolf which completely blew me away. I was a bit timid, and afraid to pick up the legendary Woolf. Once I begun, though, I zipped through Mrs Dalloway, reluctant to ever put it down. Again, I digress, The Hours manages to intertwine thought and theme about Mrs Dalloway and Woolf's life using three stories of characters. We are introduced and brought into their lives, feeling their triflings and larger pains, and believe you me, you will be immersed fully in the lives of these characters. (I'm a high school student, and I finished the last chapter in my school's library, concurrently blocking out the chattering of my contemporaries. So enthralled in the storyline, was I, that by the time I closed the covers, I was in tears, smack in the middle of the library. It was great; really.)

Again, back to business, I do tend to leap into the asides - this book is a great read for anybody looking for a well-crafted, marvelously executed storyline; no knowledge of Virginia Woolf or Mrs Dalloway required!
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Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins by Tom Robbins
Wild Ducks Flying Backward: The Short Writings of Tom Robbins

theflowers, January 15, 2008

I fell in love with Tom Robbins's prose after reading "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" this past summer. It stole the spot as my favorite novel, and I knew I wanted to further explore the style of this creative genius. In the bookstore, I happened across this wonderful collection. As an aspiring short story writer myself, I grew excited at the thought of reading my new idol's shorter works. I rate it a four, which, I mean, is quite excellent. I decided against a 5 simply because I was completely bowled over by "Cowgirls," while with these shorter works I was unable to connect as well. A possible explanation is that I am of the younger generation, and I do not pick up upon the generational references and time-restricted persons written about in several of the pieces. [I plan on research, so that I can understand.] There are several gems in here, especially the one on art. With great style and aplomb, Mr. Robbins delves into the apparently-rhetorical question of "What is Art?" He has quite the answer - further developing my opinion of him as one of the more thoughtful writers I have encountered; a mystical, intellectual, philosophical writer who delivers wit that is thoroughly fun to read.
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Twenty Two Stories 1st Edition Thus by J. D. Salinger

theflowers, January 15, 2008

As an avid J D Salinger reader, I've been salivating over this book for quite a while now. My inner conflict stems from the fact that Mr. Salinger never wanted these stories published, aside from several he published in magazines, etc. So, I do feel a bit guilty about desiring this pirated version of his stories. Yet, my human nature takes over and if in front of me, I'd unhesitatingly reach out and grab it, like a greedy child. Ah, look what Salinger does to me! I have read many of these stories published online - if you do a google search you can find these stories posted online on, i believe. The ones that I have read are all mahhvalous, to sound a bit like a phony myself. Either way, I felt like discoursing on my love for Salinger and my wish to suddenly come across $300, so that I could, well first, marvel at my luck, and secondly, rush to buy this book!
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Nine Stories by J D Salinger
Nine Stories

theflowers, November 29, 2007

Excuse me please - but in a world where Salinger is blatantly and acrimoniously attacked for describing beautiful characters caught in the all-too-real bubble of their lives is a world too filled with scholars searching for knowledge as treasure and not as an incredible pursuit for growth and understanding. Salinger, with an incredible human-ness uniquely his own, creates scenes of despair about the state of the world at hand and pieces of beauty so poignant and moving to create a picture of the human situation, one to appeal to any one who enjoys and is flooded by the incredible beauty and emotion ever present in life.
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